Scott Waddell elected as EMBO Member 2014

May 7, 2014

Prof Scott Waddell, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the CNCB, has been elected as a Member of EMBO, in recognition of his molecular biology-directed studies of brain function in Drosophila.

EMBO has announced today on the occasion of its 50thanniversary that 106 researchers in the life sciences were newly elected to its membership. Of these, one hundred scientists reside in Europe and neighbouring countries; six Associate Members were elected from China, Japan and the United States. The EMBO Membership currently comprises more than 1600 life scientists.

EMBO Members make invaluable contributions to the organization by providing suggestions and feedback on the activities of EMBO. They serve on selection committees for EMBO programmes and mentor young scientists. Their input has helped to promote excellence in life sciences since 1964.

Speaking of the new members, EMBO Director Maria Leptin said. “In the past decades, many of the concepts, techniques and insights of molecular biology have been applied to fundamental questions in other disciplines of the life sciences. Molecular explanations are now emerging for the origins and functions of complex systems like the brain and the living world around us. We wanted to reflect more of these exciting developments in our membership.”

She added: “Great leaps in scientific progress often arise when fundamental approaches like molecular biology are applied to previously unconsidered or emerging disciplines. Looking forward, we want to ensure that all communities of the life sciences benefit from this type of cross-pollination.”

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